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Recalls don’t always lead to removal of dangerous products

Our California readers, just the same as everybody else, want to ensure that dangerous products are not used in their home. This is particularly true when it comes to products for children.

Unfortunately, a recent report issued by Kids in Danger shows that returns on recalled child products are disproportionately low.

The report examined safety recalls on dangerous child products, including a detailed look at how effective 2012 recalls were in these products being removed from homes. The report shows an increase of 18 percent from 2012 to 2013, regarding the number of recalled children's products. Despite the fact that there was an overall decrease in the number of related injuries and incidents, there was an increase in the number of deaths.

More concerning is the fact that only 10 percent of recalled products were returned to stores, repaired, or replaced. This means that many dangerous products remain in homes throughout the country.

The group also noted their belief that regulators and companies often wait too long to issue a recall, which often leads to more incidents. The organization's executive director said, "The government makes announcements, but people don't hear about them or don't respond."

With so many dangerous products out there, it can be a challenge for parents to stay current with what is going on. Unfortunately, it only takes one dangerous product for a child to be injured or killed.

Anybody who is injured by a dangerous product can consult with an attorney who knows the ins and outs of personal injury law, including how to protect the victim's rights.

Source: Fox 31 Denver, "Recalls unsuccessful in removing dangerous child products from homes, report says" Stephanie Wolf, Feb. 18, 2014

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